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Thrasher Group acquires Blackwood Associates, Inc. - Architectural & Planning Services


The Thrasher Group, Inc. is pleased to announce the recent acquisition of Fairmont based architectural and planning firm Blackwood Associates, Inc. Blackwood is known for their leadership in the design of state-of-the-art educational, governmental, medical, residential, recreational, commercial and historical adaptive reuse facilities. Blackwood has successfully completed 600 projects in excess of $600 million in the last 20 years.

This acquisition will help form the cornerstone of Thrasher's growing architectural division, which has worked very hard to obtain work in the education facilities arena. Craig Baker, Principal In Charge of Thrasher's architectural department stated "Our goal is to have the broadest and best portfolio of successful projects the industry has to offer. Blackwood is a perfect fit. They are proven leaders in educational design and bring an impressive body of work with them; together, we will continue to serve their existing clients."

United by a common business culture, the acquisition of Blackwood by Thrasher combines reputation, resources and experience of both companies which will deliver unparalleled customer service and architectural designs to their clients. "Blackwood's seasoned management team has done a fantastic job of building and maintaining successful relationships for over 50 years" said Woody Thrasher, President of Thrasher. "Both Thrasher and Blackwood share a dedication to doing whatever it takes to guarantee successful projects, and we plan on continuing this for many years."

Blackwood owners Jim and Kenton Blackwood mirrored this excitement stating "Thrasher has been a respected name in the industry for many years; we embrace the opportunity to join their team." Kenton Blackwood further stated "Joining Thrasher enhances our capabilities and affords us the opportunity to expand our services to our existing client base."

About Thrasher

Thrasher was founded in 1983 as a civil engineering firm focused on public utility infrastructure in North Central West Virginia. Thrasher successfully expanded its services in 2005, with the addition of an architectural division. Thrasher has grown into West Virginia’s largest privately-owned engineering firm and one of the leading architectural/engineering firms in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Thrasher currently has six offices in four states and employees over 350 professionals. Thrasher's architecture division is based out of the company's headquarters located in Bridgeport, WV. More information is available at


Clarksburg Exponent - 4/8/14 "Thrasher acquires Blackwood Associates in business deal"